Senior Research Analyst
Aleta Haflett Starosta is a Research Analyst in The Cloudburst Group’s Land Tenure and Natural Resource Management practice area. She serves as the Country Coordinator for six impact evaluations of land tenure and natural resource governance conducted under USAID’s Evaluation, Research, and Communication (ERC) Project.
Ms. Starosta has seven years of experience leading international data collection efforts on more than a dozen large scale impact evaluations in Africa, primarily randomized control trials and difference-in-difference designs. These evaluations have focused on interventions designed to improve land tenure in the context of climate-smart agriculture (Zambia), artisanal diamond mining (Guinea), pastoral rangeland management (Ethiopia), and community forest management/REDD+ (Zambia). She has also contributed to evaluations in a number of other sectors, included agriculture (Zambia), WASH (Zambia), public health (Zambia), Small and Medium Enterprises (Uganda) and girl’s and women’s empowerment (Zambia).
Ms. Starosta holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. She is based in Lusaka, Zambia.
In Her Own Words
“I’m passionate about applying rigorous academic research techniques to policy problems in hopes of inspiring data-driven decision making.”